December 10, 2013, at 11:33 pm

A Sound called Son’s

A photo of Clarence Chin and his Son’s The Junior Sebastian Sound System in 1962 which was based on Charles St in downtown Kingston from 1954 to the early 70’s before he relocated to New York.

The sound took it’s name from Tom The Great Sebastian Sound, Clarence was a good friend of Tom’s in the early days and Tom used to give them bookings. The sound still operates in Brooklyn owned by … continue reading…

August 24, 2013, at 9:27 am


There is one place to be if you’re reaching the Notting Hill Carnival tomorrow or on Monday – Gladdy Wax Sound System!

September 15, 2011, at 8:11 pm

A West Kingston Wizard

A lovely little film here from Soul Of The Lion showcasing the late sound system pioneer Cyril Braithewaite AKA Count C.

Underrated. Count C, The Wizard of the West from Soul of the Lion on Vimeo.

For the full story you’ll have to pick up the latest issue (number 48) of Wax Poetics magazine but in the meantime check this article on the Dutty Artz web site from March.

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August 8, 2010, at 6:54 pm

Sound System Postcards

Steve Mosco of has recently produced some postcards of original UK sound system flyers from 1979/1980. The sounds featured are some of the cream of those operating at the time including Soferno B, Quaker City, Fatman and Jah Shaka.

They cost £2.99 for the set of five, you can buy them from his ebay store or better still direct from his website. Now he should do some on T-shirts…

August 1, 2010, at 11:00 am

Chim Cherie Dubplate Pressure

Pressure Sounds release a second track from from the Sound System Scratch LP on 7″ single shortly. The new release, Chim Cherie is a classic dubplate from the late 70’s and early 80’s. It was based on the Studio One original Get A Lick and went on to provide the basis for many new cuts of the rhythm in the late 80’s, most notably Billie Jean by Shinehead.

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June 7, 2010, at 3:05 pm

Sound System Pioneer

There was a superb article in yesterdays Jamaica Observer about Horace Galbraith, an electrical engineer, and the birth of sound systems in Jamaica.

“This first, ground-breaking model was sold to Tom Wong and was used to start his sound system called Tom the Great Sebastian. Within a few months there were sound system dances all over Kingston at various lodge halls, open air lawns and anywhere that could hold a crowd of 100 people and … continue reading…

April 19, 2010, at 10:44 am

Dominic and Peter Metro

A couple of linked articles from the Gleaner on Sunday show that Mel Cooke is still on top of things.

First of all an article about UK deejay Dominc in the 80’s and his link up with Peter Metro and Metromedia soundsystem.

Next comes “the story behind the song” and it’s Dominic and Peter Metro with Cockney And Yardie as told by Peter Metro.

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March 7, 2010, at 10:15 am

Papa Jaro

Andrew and Jayman of the The Who Cork The Dance website do a great job in making available old soundtapes to download, their commentries on the sounds and deejays really help to put the recordings into context too.

They’ve gone a step further with their recent focus on Killamanjaro which has an exclusive interview with the founder of the sound Noel “Papa Jaro” Harper. Though the interview is all too short he does talk about … continue reading…

December 7, 2009, at 8:33 pm

The Mighty Black Scorpio

Maurice “Jack” Johnson better known as Black Scorpio visited Carter Van Pelt’s radio show in the states last Saturday, alongside Tony Screw (Downbeat), as part of the build up to his 40th year in the music business celebrations.

What follows is a nice little interview where he talks about starting his sound in 1969, getting into production in the early 1980’s and more. Plenty of nice music is played too.

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September 24, 2009, at 10:36 pm

Saxon V's Rodi

A couple of interviews that are worth checking out:

Trevor Sax interviewed by Uli form Sentinel Sound out of Germany. Trevor talks about the history of Saxon, modern day runnings and more. Thanks to Way Above The Level blog.

And David Rodigan interviewed by Mad Decent. Again, plenty of history, the actual interview is quite short but there are some good Rodi specials in the mix. [audio:]

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